Coinstar, Google: After-Hours Trading

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- A Shares of Coinstar ( CSTR) surged in late trades on Thursday after the Bellevue, Wash.-based company offered up an above-consensus outlook for the first quarter.

The company, whose businesses include the operation of coin-counting machines and Redbox DVD rental kiosks, sees core earnings from continuing operations of $1.36 to $1.40 a share on revenue of $567 million to $569.2 million for the three months ended March 31. That compares to the current average estimate of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters for a profit of 90 cents a share on revenue of $537.7 million.

Coinstar attributed the forecast, which also exceeds its earlier guidance, to strong DVD demand from consumers in February and March, showing growing acceptance of the price increase the company put in place in October 2011, as well as lower than expected card processing fees and better operating efficiencies at Redbox.



The stock was last quoted at $69.62, up nearly 14%, on volume of more than 750,000, according to Nasdaq.com.

For the full year, Coinstar sees core earnings from continuing operations of $4.40 to $4.80 a share on revenue ranging from $2.16 billion to $2.28 billion. Wall Street is presently looking for a profit of $4.09 a share in fiscal 2012 on revenue of $2.22 billion.

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Other companies active in the extended session included Google ( GOOG), whose shares were last quoted up 89 cents at $651.90 on volume of 1.35 million after the Internet search giant announced strong earnings and plans for a two-for-one stock split; Dow Chemical ( DOW), which gained 2.7% to $33.55 on volume of more than 120,000 after the company's board approved a 28% increase in its second-quarter dividend to 32 cents a share from 25 cents a share; and Talbots ( TLB), whose shares lost 7.4% to $2.90 on volume of less than 20,000 after the struggling women's apparel retailer forecast sales of $272 million for its fiscal first quarter ending this month, below Wall Street's current consensus view of $283 million. \

-- Written by Michael Baron in New York.

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